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Keep Volunteering Voluntary

Keep Volunteering Voluntary is a campaign which was launched in April 2014 in response to the implementation of the government's 'Help to Work' programme, which included mandatory 6-month placements in voluntary groups linked to benefit sanctions for non-compliance.

Join the campaign and sign up to the following agreement to keep volunteering voluntary:

"As charities and voluntary organisations we know the value of volunteering. Volunteering means people independently choosing to give their time freely to help others and make the world a better place. Workfare schemes force unemployed people to carry out unpaid work or face benefit sanctions that can cause hardship and destitution. We believe in keeping volunteering voluntary and will not participate in government workfare schemes.”

433 organisations have signed so far.

For more information and to sign up visit: